Here come the Skints again with their forthcoming album ‘Swimming Lessons’ – their fourth – due out in May. The album’s title seems to be a metaphor for coping with all the hurdles encountered in modern life and we have already reviewed the single ‘Learning to Swim’ on these pages (reggaemusic.org.uk 24th January 2019). The rest of the album promises to reflect the band’s trademark blending of genres around its delightful punky reggae core and, as always, the band are touring relentlessly to spread their message. ‘Swimming Lessons’ also features collaborations with three of Jamaica’s current headliners, and the reputation of the band means that much is anticipated of this new release.
“As well as enlisting some of the absolute best of Jamaican vocal talent on the features, we’re really trying to push all ends of the spectrum of what The Skints music is and can be. Our whole back catalogue is diverse in mood and emotion, song to song, and on Swimming Lessons we’ve tried to take things a step further”, says the Skints keyboardist and vocalist Marcia Richards
A taste of the album can be found in this great track ‘Armageddon’ featuring Runkus.
The Skints: ‘Swimming Lessons’, release 10th May 2019 on Mr Bongo Records/Easy Star
Here come London band the Skints – one of our favourites! – with their new single, released on Mr Bongo. Formed in 2005, the Skints grew to their current four-piece line-up and have now built a formidable reputation in the UK and beyond. As we’ve come to expect from the Skints, this track draws from a number of genres, including punk – evident in its grungy chorus – but at its core it’s a reggae song moulded by the lovers’ rock era. Vocalist Marcia Richards wrote the song drawing from her own personal experience of the loss of her sister. “The innocent lovers’ rock expresses both my current musical output and the memories of my childhood that are becoming more distant. The chorus has no words but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too”.
The Skints: Learning to Swim, released January 2019 on Mr Bongo Records on the UK; Easy Star in the USA.
This new single from East London reggae outfit the Skints predates the forthcoming re-release of their album ‘Part and Parcel’ which will be out again later this year, produced under the guiding hand of Mike Pelanconi – aka Prince Fatty who has quickly gained a significant reputation for his future/retro production work with names like Hollie Cook and Horseman. ‘Rubadub’ as an archetypal three-minute single powers along as a simple but potent reggae/ska thrash before slowing somewhat unexpectedly into a more measured dub reprise of its repeated hook and rhythm. Comprising Jon Doyle on bass, Jamie Kyriakides on drums and vocals, Josh Waters Rudge on guitar and vocals and Marcia Richards on keyboards, sax, flute and melodica as well as vocals, the Skints blast out their influences from ska, dancehall, reggae, punk, and London itself, to striking effect.
Extensively touring in the past five years, the Skints have established a mainland European presence as well as a formidable live reputation back home. And in case you are thinking they have just one possible sound, rummage around on You Tube and find their relaxed acoustic reggae take on ‘This Charming Man’ with some sweet reggae harmonies: quite unexpected (and charming).
‘Rubadub’ is, at the time of writing, a free download on Bomber Music